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A cup of tea solves everything. Or so they say! True tea aficionados will know a teapot with its own removable infuser is the most fun – and efficient – way to serve up a delicious cup of loose-leaf tea. Teapots with infusers (or tea-leaf strainers) allow you to gently brew your tea to the perfect strength and present it in the way it’s meant to be served.

Teapots come in all shapes, sizes, designs, and materials, from cast iron and vintage-style ceramic to stainless steel and tough insulated glass. You may even fancy a pot which comes with its own matching cup! We’ve compiled a list of the best sets to buy online this year, ranking them so you can find one that best fits your needs.
Last updated 28/01/2023
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Rachael Kinsella

Rachael has been a writer, editor and marketing communications specialist for some 18 years, writing about all things tea and lifestyle for her blog "Tea with Rachael" for over a decade. She loves tea and enjoys trying different types of tea, as well as pairing teas with food and fun things to see and do.

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With Specialist Advice From Tea and Lifestyle Blogger Rachael Kinsella

With Specialist Advice From Tea and Lifestyle Blogger Rachael Kinsella

Rachael has been a writer, editor and marketing communications specialist for some 18 years, writing about all things tea and lifestyle for her blog "Tea with Rachael" for over a decade. She loves tea and enjoys trying different types of tea, as well as pairing teas with food and fun things to see and do.


Keep up-to-date with all things tea and lifestyle-related on Rachael's blog, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter and discover some new tea blends that might just become your new favourite!

Rachael's Tips on Choosing the Best Tea Infuser for You

Rachael's Tips on Choosing the Best Tea Infuser for You

"There are so many different types of infusers available - from shaped silicone infusers you can use in your mug or cup, to traditional teapots with a modern twist, and a range of materials and styles to choose from. I personally go with what looks good, what matches my teaware, and recommendations from tea experts, such as the team at T2, who are always happy to demonstrate infusers and how they work best."


"They also make great gifts for tea lovers - I have received many over the years! They are also handy if you like to make loose leaf tea in the office, providing a little break from the hustle and bustle of the day."

How to Choose a Teapot With an Infuser in the UK – Buying Guide

No matter if you’re a tea-leaf expert or are planning afternoon tea for the very first time, you’ll need to consider a few key points before you invest in the perfect pot. Read on for advice on choosing the ideal teapot with infuser to suit you!

① Pick Your Pot’s Material Based on the Design and Features

Pick Your Pot’s Material Based on the Design and Features

Cast iron: These offer a traditional Asian-style aesthetic and will keep tea very hot, but they won’t be difficult to pick up as the handles are usually made of plastic or wood.


Glass: Glass looks sleek and modern, allowing you to watch the infusion process; a beautiful sight! They need extra cleaning, however, as they’re prone to streaks.


Stainless steel: They may look trendy, but they can risk over-steeping the tea as the water remains very hot for prolonged periods. Their exceptional heat-retention can also make them tricky to pick up – so take extra care!

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Rachael Kinsella's Comment

Plastic and glass tea infusers are quite easy to clean - most have plastic or metal steepers inside and are quick and convenient. I have a variety of similarly styled plastic infusers from T2 and We Are Tea, as well as a stunning glass infuser with a metal basket from Capacitea, and many glass teapots with metal infusers from Bodum and Laura Ashley.


Whittard of Chelsea makes lovely porcelain teapots with plastic or metal detachable steeper baskets, which are great to look at, as well as very effective for steeping loose leaf tea. I have several of these and you can easily buy replacement tea steeping baskets if needed. Some of these baskets also fit my other china or porcelain teapots, which is very useful. 

② Choose the Type of Infuser You Want Based on Brew-Depth, Practicality and Taste

A teapot that comes with a strainer reduces the stress of hosting and improves the strength and flavour of your tea. We know more about the types of teapot, but what about the infuser itself? Let’s have a look at the pros and cons of each type. 

Metal Infusers Avoid Over-Brewing but May Affect Flavour

Metal Infusers Avoid Over-Brewing but May Affect Flavour
Most teapots come with a removable perforated metal net or pot, which allow you to leave the tea leaves to infuse before taking them out and serving up a good brew. Stainless steel is used as it is rust-proof and strong. 

The good thing about the majority of teapots using these strainers is that they can be easily replaced if they become damaged or magically disappear from the kitchen. 


Some tea snobs believe that the process of allowing the water to circulate through the metal infuser can affect the flavour of fine loose-leaf teas, but unless you're serving the Queen, it shouldn't make too much of a difference!

Rachael Kinsella
Writer, Editor, Tea and Lifestyle Blogger
Rachael Kinsella's Comment

I have never found metal infusers to interfere with the taste of my loose-leaf tea. In fact, if you think back to the days of traditional tea making, either in metal pots across Asia, or using a metal strainer to strain the loose leaves from the teapot before they reach the teacup in an old fashioned afternoon tea, this is the way tea has been brewed for centuries


So I'm not convinced this makes a noticeable difference. It certainly wouldn't put me off buying a metal infuser.

Metal Press Infusers Can be Shut Off When Your Tea Is Brewed

Metal Press Infusers Can be Shut Off When Your Tea Is Brewed

A second, more modern type of infuser to consider is a mesh press infuser which functions much like a cafetière


When you’re ready to stop brewing, you press down the plunger which seals all the leaves into the bottom of the filter, pausing the brewing process. Infusers like this are great for avoiding waste, as you can easily re-use leaves with a top up of hot water.

Rachael Kinsella
Writer, Editor, Tea and Lifestyle Blogger
Rachael Kinsella's Comment

Using metal press infusers in much the same way you make coffee is a good idea. If there is a function there to shut it off once your tea is brewed, you can be sure that your tea is brewed to your preferential satisfaction and it keeps things clean and tidy. 


It also makes it easier to clean the infuser after use. You could potentially also have multi-use and multi-purpose presses in the home if you are also a coffee drinker, or indeed, if you live with one!

③ Extra Infuser Features to Consider

Lastly, we'll share a couple more features we think are worth considering before you buy. Looking out for both of these will make a small but noticeable difference in not only the taste of your tea, but how easy it is to serve. 

An Infuser Handle Can Help You Remove Tea Leaves Easily

An Infuser Handle Can Help You Remove Tea Leaves Easily
Some removable infusers come with a handle which is designed to make it easier to take out of a hot teapot before serving. This handle can be a metal strap which turns your strainer into a kind of miniature bucket; ideal for scooping out the infuser when you’re happy your tea is brewed just right. 

Other removable infusers come with a lever, which makes it super-easy to grab hold of, though non-metal materials are even better as they won't get as hot! Either way, a handle is certainly worth looking for.

Rachael Kinsella
Writer, Editor, Tea and Lifestyle Blogger
Rachael Kinsella's Comment

Having a handle on an infuser is definitely handy, especially if it's a metal infuser that gets and stays very hot. Those infusers with a plastic lip or rim to hold when removing from the hot water are also handy and save you from burning your fingers


Having something specific to rest your tea infuser on or in once you have brewed your tea is also a useful feature, to avoid spills and stains wherever you are taking your tea.

For the Best Brew, Look for Wide Infusers With a Fine Mesh

For the Best Brew, Look for Wide Infusers With a Fine Mesh
Essentially, the bigger the surface area of the infuser, the more deeply your leaves can blend into the water, giving you the most flavourful tea possible. Wider infusers provide lots of space for tea leaves to float around, and more movement gives a better depth of flavour to every brew.

In addition, you may want to opt for a teapot with an infuser made of an extra-fine mesh, so that no bothersome flecks of leaf can make their way into your brew. 


Some infusers are like a little bucket with small holes in, which can give a decent flavour to each cupful, but won’t strain finely-blended tea leaves as effectively as a mesh-style infuser will.

Rachael Kinsella
Writer, Editor, Tea and Lifestyle Blogger
Rachael Kinsella's Comment

Fine mesh is very important, particularly when brewing high-quality tea leaves, so you don't get leaves poking through the infuser and ending up in your teacup or pot. Fine mesh is also important when you have tea containing different flowers and herbs that you don't want to find their way into the final product. Wider infusers allow the tea leaves to infuse properly in the water and therefore provide a better strength and quality of brew. 


  • Top tip: You can also balance these types of tea steeper baskets in larger mugs, to brew loose leaf tea directly in your cup!

Top 10 Best Teapots With Infusers in the UK

Once you’ve established which teapot style to go for, you should easily be able to pick from our carefully-curated countdown! We hope something on our list catches your eye.
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Bodum

Assam Tea Press With Glass Handle

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Practical and Durable With a Side-Serving of Style

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Forlife

Stump Teapot

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Small Is Beautiful With This Functional Pot

3

London Pottery

Speckled Pebble 2 Cup Teapot

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A Stunning Design From a Trusted Teaware Company

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La Cafetière

Copper Le Teapot

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A Statement Pot for a Perfectly-Timed Brew

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The Exotic Teapot

Green Hiyaku Cast Iron Teapot

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Opt for Charm and Function With This Cast Iron Beauty

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Tealyra

Daze Ceramic Large Teapot

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The Family-Sized Teapot for Modern Tea Parties

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T2

Teamaker With Infuser

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A High-Tech Teapot That's Easily Transported

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KitchenCraft

Le'Xpress Stainless Steel Infuser Teapot

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A Sleek Pot to Keep Copious Cups Piping Hot

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Maxwell & Williams

Tea for One Teapot and Cup Set

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A Traditional-Style Tea Set for One

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BIA

Stoneware Teal Teapot With Infuser and Cups

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Ideal for Asian Blends at Tea-Time for Two

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No.1

Bodum Assam Tea Press With Glass Handle 1801-16

£33.36

Practical and Durable With a Side-Serving of Style

This smart and simple pot allows you to make your tea just as efficiently as brewing coffee in a cafetière, making it a great option for busy mornings. After filling, the glass allows you to watch as the leaves infuse the water to your ideal strength, before pushing down the valve in the top to seal off the tiny holes.

To ensure a fleck-free brew, the filter is made with an elastic silicone rim to ensure all your leaves remain firmly inside. Bodum's Assam Tea Press is as effortlessly stylish as the rest of their range, but practical, too – this version has a one litre capacity and won’t overheat due to the borosilicate glass.
No.2

ForlifeStump TeapotCarrot

£27.50

Small Is Beautiful With This Functional Pot

This smart little teapot is very highly rated by many a tea connoisseur, presumably for its practical yet attractive shape and size, excellent heat retention and hinged lid, which mean less risk of losing free parts that often have a mind of their own. The teapot is dishwasher-safe too.

With a wide steel infuser – boasting a very fine 0.3 mm mesh – perched inside, this pot lets you whip out the tea leaves when they’re brewed to perfection. The infuser also has its own plastic handle to make things even more user-friendly. 
No.3

London PotterySpeckled Pebble 2 Cup Teapot

£24.00

A Stunning Design From a Trusted Teaware Company

This stunning speckled teapot from London Pottery can hold just the right amount for two cups’ worth of freshly-brewed tea. Thought has been put into every part of its design – from the chip-proof stoneware body to the steel-hinged lid and the elongated drip-proof spout. 

The fine stainless steel filter has a very easy-to-remove handle and a good width too, meaning your tea will have a good chance to brew to a good depth of flavour with no pesky tea leaves making their way into your cup. 
No.4

La CafetièreCopper Le Teapot

£21.99

A Statement Pot for a Perfectly-Timed Brew

This compact teapot from brew experts La Cafetière is both modern and elegant, with a practical shape to make washing and storage totally straightforward.

Made from heat-resistant borosilicate glass and stainless steel with an eye-catching copper finish, this pot enables you to brew chunkier-leafed teas like Oolong as well as finer blends. It's handily available in two sizes too, a 600 ml which is ideal for two, or this larger variety that's perfect for family breakfasts and tea parties alike. 
No.5

The Exotic TeapotGreen Hiyaku Cast Iron Teapot

£34.00

Opt for Charm and Function With This Cast Iron Beauty

This elegant Japanese-style cast iron pot comes in a range of colours and is adorned with a scale pattern that will bring a tasteful oriental twist to any serving of afternoon tea. It's also suitable for use as a kettle on wood-burning or gas stoves. 

Serving between 2 and 3 cups, this pot is best suited to smaller settings. The removable infuser – though wide and made from stainless steel – doesn’t have a handle, making it slightly less practical as some other teapots on our list.
No.6

TealyraDaze Ceramic Large Teapot

£29.99

The Family-Sized Teapot for Modern Tea Parties

With its generous 1.4 litre capacity (that's 6-7 cups!), this pot is perfect for tea-loving households, afternoon gatherings with friends, or any occasion when you fancy more than a single cup. Though narrower than some, the strainer has a fine mesh and is large enough to ensure a well-infused brew. There's a handle for convenience, too. 


The pot itself is made from high-quality ceramic for good heat retention, and features a specialised non-drip spout and an ergonomic handle that promises to stay cool. 

No.7

A High-Tech Teapot That's Easily Transported

If you’re after something a little different, this futuristic pot from T2 may be just what you’re looking for. It still uses an (ultra-fine) mesh to filter your leaves, but instead of pouring from pot to mug, simply sit it atop the large cup and watch it filter through! 

Not only is this shatter-free Tritan pot great for travel or taking to work, but it also allows you to watch your leaves infuse; a pleasant sight, but also one which helps you obtain optimum brew-time. On the downside, you do have to use the included cup, which may not be refined enough for certain occasions! 
No.8

KitchenCraft Le'Xpress Stainless Steel Infuser Teapot

£32.99

A Sleek Pot to Keep Copious Cups Piping Hot

This steel eight-cup teapot is just what you need for hosting bigger events or swish dinner parties, and will keep your tea piping hot for longer. The extremely fine mesh infuser can be easily removed too, as it comes with a dainty metal handle you can grab as soon as you’re ready to sip.

The contemporary design is classy yet neutral enough to fit in well with any homeware set or table decoration, and it can be washed in the dishwasher too. Just be aware you'll have to make the effort to keep it smudge- and streak-free!
No.9

Maxwell & Williams Tea for One Teapot and Cup Set Contessa Design

£18.60

A Traditional-Style Tea Set for One

This elegant pot and cup set offers everything you could want to treat yourself to a regal afternoon tea, from its fine porcelain to the beautiful floral print and classic-shaped handle. It comes with a small removable mesh infuser as well as the cup and saucer. 

Though it is exceptionally pretty, it is of course only designed for a single serving, so after all the effort of preparing and steeping your leaves you may prefer a pot which yields more than one cup! 
No.10

BIA Stoneware Teal Teapot With Infuser and Cups

£30.95

Ideal for Asian Blends at Tea-Time for Two

This gorgeous stoneware hobnail teapot and matching cup set is perfect for serving up Asian tea blends for yourself and a friend. It comes with a removable tea infuser so you won’t need to worry about letting your tea brew for too long.

The handle is metal rather than plastic which makes for a sturdier hold, however, it could be difficult to store for some as it does not fold down. It'll have to take pride of place on the countertop instead! 

How to Brew Loose-Leaf Tea in a Teapot

How to Brew Loose-Leaf Tea in a Teapot
First things first: Add the tea leaves into the infuser. For regular tea leaves, one teaspoon should be sufficient per cupful of water. If you’re brewing up a herbal blend or want a stronger flavour, add two.

Secondly, place your infuser into the pot (if it’s not inside already) and pour over the water. For black tea, opt for boiling water. If you’re serving up a more delicate tea like green or chamomile, use water that has been boiled but given a chance to cool slightly, thus preserving the fine flavour of your leaves.


Now you can let your tea steep. Regular tea leaves can be left for between one and four minutes, while herbal blends may need a little longer. Check the package for a recommended brew time.


Finally, remove your infuser (or push down the plunger) to avoid a bitter-tasting drink. Save loose leaves; they’ll be good for one more brew! Pour into cups and add milk, sugar or honey according to your tastes. Delicious cuppas all round.

Looking to Purchase Tasty Teas?

Looking to Purchase Tasty Teas?

Now that you've decided on the perfect teapot, you know what you need to think about next – what kind of tea you're going to be making! From green teas to herbal blends, we've already found some of the yummiest choices available online, so you'll be missing out if you don't take a look. And that's the tea! 

Summary

So, now you know what to look out for in your search for a teapot with an infuser. Here’s hoping our guide has helped you narrow down the kind of teapot you need, so you can serve the hot drinks you love to the people you care about, all from a pot that’s exactly your cup of tea!


Author: Annie Hopkins

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